20 years ago (2001)
(Photo) Chris Holmes' first muskie turned out to be a dandy. With guide Dan Eigen on Mille Lacs Lake, Holmes was trolling back to the boat landing in 12 feet of water when the fish hit. He landed the fish at 9 p.m. and it weighed 40 pounds, with a length measuring 51-3/4 inches.
30 years ago (1991)
Legislators and civic leaders at a noon luncheon at the Brainerd Golf Club got what they've been waiting for – news that the DNR signed an agreement two days ago to purchase the right-of-way for the Paul Bunyan Trail from BN Railroad. It covers all the land except for a few small tracts in Nisswa, Pequot Lakes and Pine River.
40 years ago (1981)
Backed by citizen donations amounting to $3,579, the committee seeking to restore the carillon bells on the courthouse roof have set a “Re-dedication Concert” in two months. The bells were installed in the 1950s to honor residents who served in WWII. Hortense McKay, an Army nurse who served on Bataan, spearheaded the fund drive.
60 years ago (1961)
The total public and parochial school enrollment for the first day of school came to 5,230, an increase of 235 from last year's 4,995 students. Washington High School gained 55 students. The total include 410 at St. Francis and 259 enrolled at the Brainerd Junior College.
80 years ago (1941)
It's been a tough Ladies' League softball tournament for the Rinky Dinks team. After losing their first game to the Hickersons by a score of 55-3, the team lost to Halsted's 36-4 and are thus out of the tournament. Meanwhile, the Hickerson team lost to the Riverside Grocery, 9-3.
100 years ago (1921)
John Holst of Nisswa Park at Cullen Lake caught a Great Northern pike in Lower Cullen which weighed 20 pounds and measured 42 inches in length. All pike this season have been small. In the past three weeks, Holst caught 20 or more pike weighing 10 to 17 pounds.